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Sulphur Springs City Manager’s Report

We had two minor Workers’ Compensation claims in September. We did not have any liability claims. We filed one small property claim for theft and vandalism at our warehouse on Middle Street.

SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER – The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) has awarded Sulphur Springs a grant of $2.4 million. However, it does not mean we can start the project yet. We must first sign a  

contract with the TDHCA. Before TDHCA provides an agreement for  

our signature. They must finish their environmental clearance process, which involves two different comment periods. Last month I reported that the second comment period would conclude on September 28, but it got delayed nine days. The second comment period is ongoing and will end this Friday, October 7. We should have a contract to sign by October 14, and we expect to go out to bid by October 21.

It is important to note that if we spend any money on the senior citizen center before the contract is signed, they will not reimburse the money reimbursed by the grant.

PACIFIC PARK – XLNT Construction has ordered the steel frame for the pavilion. The lead time is four months. So I don’t expect to see any more activity at Pacific Park until February. At that time, XLNT will construct the building in about 90 days. We will demolish the old basketball courts and grade the park’s interior when the pavilion is complete. Then we will install irrigation and sod.

COLLEGE STREET – This project is slowly progressing eastward. This contractor is very slow.

REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES – Finance Director Lesa Smith will not present a report on revenues and expenditures this month. At the November meeting, Lesa will present the year-end information on revenues and expenses.

STREET IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM – Texana Land and Asphalt has resumed paving the streets on our SIP list. The following streets remain to be repaved: Como, Drexel, Fisher, Ardis, and Bonner. In addition, the various Commercial Services Drive repairs will be in-house.

2022 SIP
Street  Between  Length 
Jackson  Middle to College  2480
Kasie  Tate to Camp  681
Lee  Davis to League  3099
Fore  Main to Connally  1070
Forrest Ln  Bell to Barbara  1119
Garrison  Main to Connally  940
Glover  Davis to Church  348
Houston  Hillcrest to League (Delayed to 2023)  4800
Commercial Serv.  various repair  442
Como  College to RR  3317
Dabbs  Gilmer to Davis  401
Drexel  Broadway to Mockingbird  1441
Fisher  Spence to Lee  1500
Ardis  Spence to Beckham  1880
Azalea  Hillcrest to Main  3648
Bonner  Church to Davis  539
Brinker  Beasley to dead-end  2629
California  Church to Seventh  1520
Charles  College to Lakeshore  998
Lee (2021)  Davis to Broadway  1901
League (2021)  Bellview to Pampa  3131
Total Linear Feet
Total Miles  7.18
Total Cost  $ 2,012,318.00
Street Maintenance Fee Cost Estimate  $ 1,072,668.00
Estimated Street Maintenance Fee Funds Available (Fund Balance Plus  Budgeted Revenue)  $ 1,049,101.81
Red Text indicates streets paid for by the Street Maintenance Fee. All other streets are paid for by a  transfer from General Fund to Capital Fund.
    • Conducted 41 building inspections, 28 electrical inspections, 12 plumbing inspections, and one mechanical inspection and issued 29 building permits. 
    • Performed survey work and utility locates on Holiday Drive and Alabama streets ahead of Capital Improvement Plan projects. 
    • Repaired 28 potholes
    • Repaired a sinkhole in Como Street
    • Cleaned storm drain inlets
    • Removed a fallen tree from the street
    • Hauled Street Sweeper spoils to the landfill.
    • Replaced 220 feet of curb and gutter on Carter Street
    • Replaced sewer and water lines on College at Ramsay
    • Began installing storm drainage between College and Jefferson – Alas, that fixes the drainage problem on College.
    • Responded to 239 animal control calls while achieving an 89% adoption rate. 
    • Made seven felony arrests in the Special Crimes Unit 
    • Responded to 37 accidents, issued 601 citations, recorded 33 offenses, and made 46 arrests in the patrol division. 
    • Completed 5,100 linear feet of sidewalk crack sealing downtown
    • Power washed the Hopkins County Veterans Memorial waterfall. 
    • Cleaned the water’s edge around Upper Coleman Lake
    • Checked out 3,375 items from the library plus 717 eBooks
    • Sold 3,139 gallons of AvGas and 11,146 gallons of JetA fuel
    • Accommodated 821 takeoffs or landings
    • Added lights to Hopkins County Veterans Memorial
    • Repaired the a/c at the animal shelter
    • Treated wastewater to a daily average total suspended solids (TSS) reading of .21 mg/L. our limit this time of year is 12 mg/L 
    • Repaired 19 water-main ruptures
    • Replaced 19 water meters
    • Unstopped 25 sewer mains
    • Treated 165 million gallons of potable water
    • Responded to 225 fire/rescue calls, including one structure fire, one vehicle fire, and two grass fires
    • Performed 25 fire inspections
    • Performed preventative maintenance and testing on 78 fire hydrantssewhere around the city, employees